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Eagles Announce That Westbrook Will Have Ankle Surgery On Friday

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that running back Brian Westbrook will undergo surgery this Friday to repair his injured ankle.
Per the two-sentence release, Westbrook will have a “debridement” of his right ankle.
Though Westbrook’s agent, Todd France, characterizes the procedure as an effort to remove bone spurs, the term “debridement” implies that Westbrook has arthritis in the ankle.
That said, it’s a minimally-invasive procedure, and bone spurs may be removed as part of the operation.
The goal is to relieve pain, but there seems to be no guarantee that the procedure will achieve that end.
The surgery will be performed in Baltimore, by Dr. Mark Meyerson.

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29 Responses to “Eagles Announce That Westbrook Will Have Ankle Surgery On Friday”
  1. NCEaglesFan says: Jun 3, 2009 11:08 PM

    Time to go shopping Andy. You’ll need a seasoned vet to hold you over.

  2. ICDogg says: Jun 3, 2009 11:12 PM

    I don’t agree that “debridement” implies arthritis. It’s a very general term for getting rid of stuff that doesn’t belong.

  3. ARiebel says: Jun 3, 2009 11:13 PM

    How could this problem just arise all of the sudden? There had to have been knowledge of this. Why wasn’t this addressed when the knee was cleaned up? I’m glad its getting taken care of now and not during the season, but it just seems like there’s always something wrong with this guy anymore. Really hope McCoy can get right in and take some of the load off Westbrook so we can have him at 100% all year.

  4. efftwofiddy says: Jun 3, 2009 11:38 PM

    Florio can ‘imply’ anything, based on anything. It’s textbook law school, year 2. And Florio, no mention of your previous erroneous posting about his high ankle sprain? Convenient… You badly want to ‘scoop’ someone, don’t you?

  5. spytdi says: Jun 3, 2009 11:40 PM

    Michael Pittman is on the market…

  6. jdblya says: Jun 3, 2009 11:50 PM

    You really just said there is always something wrong with this guy. Do you realize that first, he is a running back, and everyone knows that backs take a serious beating, and second, the amount of effort and work the Brian has put into every game, over every season, is it really a wonder that he is going to get a little banged up every once in awhile? I mean come on, no one, no one at all is “superman” Give him a break, let them clean it up. It does not seem like it is a “major” problem, and you know that Westbrook will still produce, you can count on that. As guys get older they slow down a little bit, but to insinuate that he is washed up or done is pretty unrealistic.

  7. GiorgioMustica says: Jun 4, 2009 12:04 AM

    Top 3 RB in the league when actually healthy….gets the TD’s, receptions, carries, all-purpose yards, the guy does it all….hope this hasn’t taken a toll on him…

  8. redbeardxxv says: Jun 4, 2009 1:24 AM

    As a football fan, I can’t say a bad word about Westbrook, but as a Giants fan, I hope for a speedy recovery…… after the season ends. A Westbrook-less eagles is severely handicapped and forced to throw, throw, throw……. right up Andy Reid’s alley…….

  9. JayPhilly says: Jun 4, 2009 1:43 AM

    ARiebel,
    Though I have no idea why they wouldn’t do both at once, the reason that would make sense to me is that it is likely a lot more difficult to rehab a knee without the ankle. Perhaps they figured he could cut the knee first (which needs more time) and then, when ready, fix the bone spurs.
    I knew shoulder rehab would be pretty difficult without use of the wrist…

  10. juggadore says: Jun 4, 2009 1:50 AM

    is reno mahe still available?

  11. wydok says: Jun 4, 2009 6:17 AM

    @ARiebel
    Westbrook’s ankle has been a problem for awhile.

  12. jaxdolfan says: Jun 4, 2009 7:09 AM

    Obviously the team has known about this. That is why they brought in all the offensive weapons this offseason.
    Still…
    Westbrook with a bum ankle and knee > All those other weapons.
    The Eagles were very fortunate to have a one man offense for the last several years.

  13. Sterling says: Jun 4, 2009 7:21 AM

    Florio, stop trying to play doctor, because you suck at it. Debridement does not imply arthritis. It does imply that there is material in the ankle that needs to be removed – ie, bone spurs. Maybe some cartilage fragments, or cartilage that needs to be tidied up a bit because, well, the ankle’s had some use. Bone spurs are more likely, as they would cause pain and limit range of motion. Debridement can’t fix arthritis – nothing can, short of a joint replacement.

  14. stini777 says: Jun 4, 2009 7:52 AM

    Oh, shi*.

  15. cantgetenough says: Jun 4, 2009 8:27 AM

    The Eagles should have picked up Derrick Ward.

  16. Vox Veritas says: Jun 4, 2009 8:38 AM

    Nice injury management, Eagirls.

  17. flyeaglesfly99 says: Jun 4, 2009 8:49 AM

    Sweet.

  18. Eagles_girl says: Jun 4, 2009 8:57 AM

    People, we were screwed when we lost Dawkins. There is now going to be a large gaping hole in leadership on that team, and we all know how much McNabb “LOVES” taking that role. Andy Reid has been letting Westbrook be a one man show for a long time. Dare I say, the Eagles will have to *gulp* throw the ball up and down the field.

  19. merriman says: Jun 4, 2009 9:27 AM

    Ankle Debridement, check it out.
    http://catalog.nucleusinc.com/enlargeexhibit.php?ID=14174

  20. cowboycrazy says: Jun 4, 2009 9:48 AM

    I hope he’s good to go by the regular season. All we need is for all of our critics to say, well they beat an Eagles team without Westbrook. Screw that! We want to beat teams when their at their best.

  21. merriman says: Jun 4, 2009 10:10 AM

    Well damn, I pulled a Florio and my link didn’t work above. Sounds like an angle impingement or high ankle sprain. From what I read an ankle debridement consist of cleaning any inflammed ligaments, cartalidge, etc. of debris and it may also reduce imflammation. After that is done bone spurs are removed from the tibia or talas. Very common surgery, especially for athletes.

  22. brshirbach says: Jun 4, 2009 10:47 AM

    with Westbrook, it was only a matter of time before he had a boo boo. Now McNabb can start practicing his horrendous underthrows to his shiny and tiny young receivers early in the pre-season so by the time the regular season comes around no one should be surprised that their off to an 0-3 start. Its a good thing they still have Dawkins to keep the defense up to snuff…

  23. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 4, 2009 11:06 AM

    JayPhilly says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:43 am
    ARiebel,
    Though I have no idea why they wouldn’t do both at once, the reason that would make sense to me is that it is likely a lot more difficult to rehab a knee without the ankle. Perhaps they figured he could cut the knee first (which needs more time) and then, when ready, fix the bone spurs.
    ***
    Good point. Also, with Leonard Weaver here – Westbrook will not have to block as much. This is not going to be a big deal for the Eagles. It has been proven that RBs are interchangeable. Yes, Westbrook is better than most but the drop off between him and someone else is not as bad as a more important position like QB. For instance, Buckhalter was very good last year filling in.
    Get Edge, cut Booker.
    I knew shoulder rehab would be pretty difficult without use of the wrist

  24. 0_o says: Jun 4, 2009 11:11 AM

    Well, there goes the offense.

  25. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 4, 2009 11:18 AM

    Eagles_girl says: People, we were screwed when we lost Dawkins. There is now going to be a large gaping hole in leadership on that team, and we all know how much McNabb “LOVES” taking that role. Andy Reid has been letting Westbrook be a one man show for a long time. Dare I say, the Eagles will have to *gulp* throw the ball up and down the field.
    ****
    The defense will be better off without Dawkins. Sorry to say that cause I love the guy – but its true. McNabb is not a bad leader just because he is not fiery like that scrub Garcia was when he was here. McNabb goes out there and leaves it on the field and even mentors Kolb (Westbrrok will not do that).
    I also have to question if you have ever watched the Eagles when you say: “Andy Reid has been letting Westbrook be a one man show for a long time. Dare I say, the Eagles will have to *gulp* throw the ball up and down the field. ”
    Andy is a pass first offense. The only one man show is McNabb(Westbrook was when the scrub Garcia was here). Westbrook spends MOST of his time pass blocking and then being an outlet.

  26. Vox Veritas says: Jun 4, 2009 11:51 AM

    “McNabb is not a bad leader just because he is not fiery like that scrub Garcia was when he was here.”
    Why do you hate them AFTER they leave?
    “The thing that Donovan needs — it’s been proven, especially this year — he needs other people to lead. He’s not a leader. He doesn’t want to lead. He is the leader on the field as a quarterback; he isn’t a team leader. He needs a good supporting cast.” – Hugh Douglas

  27. Grimlock says: Jun 4, 2009 12:50 PM

    Smush, Westbrook has been the leading receiver four out of the last five years when it comes to receptions, and he blocks, runs, and sets up the play action, that sounds sounds like a one man show to me. And through all of that, he has not lost his chunky soup on the field once.

  28. FireAndyReid21 says: Jun 4, 2009 1:29 PM

    Perhaps if the Eagles had another weapon over the last few years, Westbrook wouldn’t have had to shoulder the whole load and he wouldn’t be so worn down at this point. But Andy Reid knows everything. If you don’t believe me, just check out all his Super Bowl rings.

  29. Smush Rodrigez says: Jun 4, 2009 7:01 PM

    Grimlock says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    Smush, Westbrook has been the leading receiver four out of the last five years when it comes to receptions, and he blocks, runs, and sets up the play action, that sounds sounds like a one man show to me. And through all of that, he has not lost his chunky soup on the field once.
    ***
    Ok, on most of the thingsyou listed – it is McNabb involved right? mcNabb passes Westbrook the ball, right? No, Westbrook never threw up on the field because he is barely on it. Did he show up for the Superbowl because McNabb had a great game that the defense lost. So, what is your point? I love Westbrook but to say he is a one man show is absurd. Except when the scrub Garcia was here.
    Vox, I never liked Garcia as anything other than a backup. He sucked in the playoffs cause he has no arm. (nhe could not do anything about the defense getting carried down the field by Duece though).

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